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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

To manage poor circulation in the feet, various approaches can be considered. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or coldness in the feet. Underlying causes can range from peripheral artery disease to diabetes. Risk factors can include smoking, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Diagnosis often involves undergoing physical exams and ankle-brachial index tests. Improving circulation involves lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, elevating the feet, wearing compression socks, and managing underlying conditions can help. If symptoms persist or worsen, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM of Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, affects the skin of the feet and thrives in warm, damp environments such as sweaty socks and communal showers. The primary cause is the fungus trichophyton, which spreads through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or through contact with infected individuals. The signs and symptoms of athlete's foot vary, but often include itching, burning sensations, and redness between the toes or on the soles of the feet. In some cases, blisters or cracked skin may develop, leading to discomfort and pain. If left untreated, athlete's foot can spread to other areas of the body and cause secondary infections. Proper hygiene practices, such as keeping the feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, may help to prevent athlete's foot. Early recognition and management are key to resolving athlete's foot and preventing its recurrence. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can provide you with the necessary medication for relief and treatment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Bunions are bony protrusions at the base of the big toe, and manifest gradually due to a combination of genetic predisposition and external factors. Inherited structural foot issues, such as flat feet or low arches, contribute to the vulnerability of developing bunions. The gradual shifting of the metatarsophalangeal joint creates misalignment, causing the big toe to lean towards the other toes. Wearing ill-fitting footwear, particularly shoes with narrow toe boxes, exacerbates this condition by squeezing the toes together. High heels further elevate the risk, tilting the body weight forward and putting added pressure on the joint. Over time, these repeated stresses lead to the development of bony growths. Additionally, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis can accelerate bunion formation. Many bunions are unsightly and uncomfortable. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment method is for you, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM of Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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